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Nursing Home Rate Review Workgroup


SB 326 calls for the state to convene a workgroup to explore staffing standards, evidence-based rate methodology and provider assessments for costs related to implementation of task force recommendations. As required in SB 326, the workgroup will consist of members representing nursing home resident advocates, long term care providers, labor and employee-representation organizations, and appropriate state departments. The workgroup will be comprised of the representatives identified in SB 326 but meetings will be open to the public and others interested in this subject are welcome to attend this and subsequent meetings. The workgroup will need the consistent, dedicated attendance and participation from the required representatives to meet its November 1 deadline for a proposal to the General Assembly.

Committee Members

Chair

Julie Hamos - Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Members

Pat Comstock - Health Care Council of Illinois
Tere Garate - Illinois Department of Public Health
Arnie Kanter - Barton Healthcare
Dave Lowitzski - Service Employees International Union
Wendy Meltzer - Illinois Citizens for Better Care
Phyllis Mitzen - Health and Medicine Policy Research Group; MFP Client Advocate
Kirk Riva - Life Services Network of Illinois
Michelle Saddler - Illinois Department of Human Services
Dave Vinkler - AARP

Public Meetings

8th Meeting - Friday, November 5th, 2010 - 12:00PM-2:00PM

Springfield: 3rd Floor Prescott Bloom Video Conference Room, 201 S. Grand Avenue East

Chicago: 7th Floor Video Conference Room, 401 S. Clinton

7th Meeting - Monday, October 25th, 2010 - 12:00PM-2:00PM

Springfield: 3rd Floor Prescott Bloom Video Conference Room, 201 S. Grand Avenue East

Chicago: Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 North Lasalle, 7th Floor, Suite-N-700

6th Meeting - Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 - 10:00AM-12:00PM

Springfield: 3rd Floor Prescott Bloom Video Conference Room, 201 S. Grand Avenue East

Chicago: 7th Floor Video Conference Room, 401 S. Clinton

5th Meeting - Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 - 10:30AM-12:30PM

Springfield: 3rd Floor Prescott Bloom Video Conference Room, 201 S. Grand Avenue East

Chicago: 7th Floor Video Conference Room, 401 S. Clinton

4th Meeting - Wednesday, September 23rd, 2010 - 10:30AM-12:30PM

Springfield: 3rd Floor Prescott Bloom Video Conference Room, 201 S. Grand Avenue East

Chicago: 7th Floor Video Conference Room, 401 S. Clinton


3rd Meeting - Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 - 2:00PM-4:00PM

Springfield: 3rd Floor Prescott Bloom Video Conference Room, 201 S. Grand Avenue East

Chicago: 7th Floor Video Conference Room, 401 S. Clinton


2nd Meeting - Friday, August 6th, 2010 - 10:00AM-12:00PM

Springfield: 3rd Floor Prescott Bloom Video Conference Room, 201 S. Grand Avenue East

Chicago: 7th Floor Video Conference Room, 401 S. Clinton


1st Meeting - Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 - 11:00AM-1:00PM

Locations: Chicago JRTC 15-200 & Springfield Capitol Room 205 (Governor�s office videoconference room)

At this meeting, we will hear a presentation from Brant Fries, Ph.D,. regarding the opportunities available to Illinois to adopt a case mix driven reimbursement methodology utilizing the roll-out of Minimum Data Set 3.0 and subsequently, RUGs 4.0. Dr. Fries serves as a Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy and Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan and also as the President of InterRAI, a 28 nation consortium of researchers who use resident assessment and case mix to improve long term care delivery systems. Dr. Fries is the primary developer of resident classification systems to measure nursing home case mix and the originator of the concept of Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs), a case-mix system for nursing home residents used for Medicare payments to all nursing homes and for Medicaid payments in at least half of the county. He is also the co-designer of the national Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI), including the Minimum Data Set (MDS), federally mandated for use in nursing home assessment processes.

(previous meetings of the Nursing Home Safety Task Force)